Patient Engagement From The Patient’s Perspective


I apologize for my absence over the past month.  I was side-lined with two detached retinas in December both of which required major eye surgeries and downtime.    For health care professionals, patient engagement is the holy grail of health care.  It is the key to patient adherence – a prerequisite to achieving better outcomes, […]

Five Myths About Empowered Patients Or E-Patients


[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false]Irrational exuberance was a term once used to describe the stock market before the last crash.  It also seems an apt description for much of the talk these days about empowered health consumers. To be sure, patients today have unprecedented access to health information.  Patient decision-support tool can be found on just about […]

What If All Chronically Ill Patients Were This Engaged In Their Health


[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false] This video is an excellent testimony of what a truly engaged and knowledgable  patient with chronic diabetes looks and sounds like.  Kudo’s to the Mayo Clinic for sharing this wonderful piece about Shared Decision Making. Pay particular attention to the fact that the patient in the video was being treated for 8 […]

Two Words That Could Increase Your Preventive Screening Rates


[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false]“I recommend.” These are two word which, when spoken by a physician to a patient have tremendous power to change behavior.   That assumes of course a trusting relationship between patient and physician (but that’s a topic for another day). Take the colonoscopy.   The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that adults aged […]

Five Ways to Tell If Your Physician Is Patient Centered


[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false] Hint- Being Designated As A Patient Centered Medical Home Is Not One We hear a lot about patient centered care these days.  In particular, a growing number of physicians across the country are now referring to their practices as a Patient Centered Medical Home. But how can you tell if your physician’s […]

A Remedy for Intentional Rx Non-Adherence – Understanding Patients’ Beliefs


Patient non-adherence is a big problem.  Non-adherence among chronic disease patients is associated with higher rates of hospital re-admissions, higher costs and poorer outcomes. Research has identified over 200 possible factors thought to influence patient adherence.  According to the experts, these factors can be categorized into two groups: unintentional non-adherence intentional non-adherence. Unintentional non-adherence is […]

Collaborative Decision Making – Is That Always What Patients Want?


Who’s the doctor here? That was the reply my wife recently got from her medical oncologist in response to a question concerning how long she would be on her current oral chemotherapy drug. Normally such a response would have prompted me to make some kind of “smart remark” to the doctor.   After all, I have […]